Before tomorrow's Palatine Township primary, it's critical the community is aware of a certain piece of information.
Before I begin, I want to start by saying I have never understood why the Palatine Township Trustees are paid for their duties. Why is that a paid position? They meet monthly, just like the District 15 and District 211 Boards of Education. However, being on a Board of Ed is an unpaid volunteer position.
Why the difference?
One could easily argue a Board of Education position has significantly more responsibility, more stress, more visibility, a larger time commitment, and more impact on the community. It certainly, without a doubt, has much more impact on our property taxes. I strongly urge the new Trustees to think about this and develop a course of action to fix this anomaly. It may not be easy but nothing worth doing ever is. I realize "it's always been this way" - that is answer I received when I posed this question at a forum - but that's not an answer or a reason to continue getting paid for something that should be volunteer, in my opinion.
Anyway, back to my initial reason for writing.
Last September, a pay increase for the Trustee positions was voted in. Now, given my stance on this position being paid at all, one can imagine my shock to hear about an increase.
My source is the meeting minutes from September 2012: http://www.palatinetownship.com/storage/board-minutes/9-24-12%20Minutes.pdf
Here is the part of which to take note:
"There is a potential $900 increase in Trustee salaries, in the event that the increased per diem meeting allowance were maximized."
Ayes: Farina, Huley, Goes, Langlotz-Johnson, Fleming
So, there you have it. Five 'yes' votes and zero 'no' votes. Does that make sense to you? It sure doesn't to me.
Please vote tomorrow.
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